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Indian silverbill in France!

Indian silverbill in France!
Photo Information
Copyright: Bengt Falke (falke) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40 D, Canon EF 300/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-04 14:41
Viewed: 5151
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am in Cannes, France at the moment.

Before I left Sweden there were a discussion on a birding newslist about a new bird species in Europe. There are some indications that the Indian Silverbill have migrated into Europe. In 1988 it was spotted in Israel and two years later is breeding in Jordan. Just a couple a weeks ago a Swedish birder saw it in Nice and it was confirmed by others.

The plan was to use spare time like lunches to search for it here in Cannes on the most probable locations like parks near the waterfront. And voila... I saw it at the very first attempt and learned itīs very typical pinging sound. Today I went back on my lunchbreak and was able to get a decent photo of it. Itīs quite tiny and very restless so it is a bit of a challenge to get a good photo of it.

I think this is the first photo here on Treknature of a european bird of this species.

Geographic info:
This is from the the small park just 1km to the west of the port in Cannes in southern France.

Technical information:
Canon 300/f4 lens on my Canon 40D body. I took this without a stand and had to use ISO=800 to be able to get acceptable shutter speed for this fast and restlessvbird. Itīs in rawformat and I used Adobe Lightroom for some adjustments before the final edit in Photoshop CS3.

Just crop, white balance and a bit hue
Noise reduction with Noiseware professional
Sharpening with Photokit capture sharpener

About the specie:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Indian Silverbill (Lonchura malabarica) also known as White-throated Munia is a small passerine bird formerly considered conspecific with the closely related African Silverbill, Lonchura cantans. This estrildid finch is a common resident breeding bird in most of Middle East and South Asia:Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Israel, Jordan (introduced), Kuwait (introduced), Oman, Puerto Rico (introduced), Qatar (introduced), Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, USA (introduced) and Virgin Islands (possibly extinct).


The Indian Silverbill is a tiny gregarious bird which feeds mainly on seeds. It frequents dry open country and cultivation, especially near water. The nest is a large domed grass structure in a tree, into which 4–10 white eggs are laid.

The Indian Silverbill is 11–11.5 cm in length with a long black tail. The adult has a stubby silver-grey bill, buff-brown upperparts, white underparts and rump and dark wings. The sexes are similar, but immatures have buff underparts and a shorter tail.,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-11-04 14:58]

Hola Bengt.
Hermosa foto, muy nitida y de bellos colores, la pose e iluminacion exelentes.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-05 5:53]

Hi Bengt,
Beautiful capture.POV,exposure,catchlight in eyes and composition are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2008-11-08 10:08]

Hi Bengt
Very nice portrait of a lovely bird.Nice colours and very good sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-03 5:46]

Hello Bengt,
A fine portrait of the Indian Silverbill that now seems to have become a European species. I have seen in Israel about ten years ago but have not photographed it. This was taken from a fine POV with excellent technical qualities and the dark BG shows it up well.
TFS this fine image,
Best regards,

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